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Seven Myths About Scientists Debunked

As scientific researchers, we are often surprised by some of the assumptions made about us by those outside our profession. So we put together a list of common myths we and our colleagues have heard anecdotally regarding scientific researchers.


Common Career Wisdom That Isn't Completely True

Finding your first “real” job can be anxiety-inducing, stressful, and extremely confusing. A lot of classic advice isn’t exactly concrete truth, though, even though the principle might be right. Here’s some career wisdom you should consider revisiting.


Crunches Alone Won't Give You A Six Pack: The Myth Of Spot Reduction

Many people believe you can “target” fat loss through certain exercises, such as crunches for belly fat. The truth, however, is that no number of crunches or sit-ups will give you a six pack.


This Video Debunks 10 Popular Misconceptions About Germs And Hygiene

The thought of germs can be a terrifying thing, but it’s important to know the truth about the germ-covered world around you. This video clears up some oft-circulated myths about things like germs, soap and toilet seats.


No, McDonald's Is Not Dropping The Big Mac

The Big Mac is the most iconic of McDonald’s burgers (and quite easy to make at home). I’ve seen a few posts popping up on Facebook recently suggesting that McDonald’s is about to dump the Big Mac — a classic example of people passing on a rumour without checking the source.


This Video Debunks 10 Misconceptions About Pets

You’ve probably heard a lot of “facts” about dogs, cats and other popular pets, but many are exaggerated or untrue. This video clears up 10 popular myths and old wives’ tales so you can be the best pet owner you can be.


This Video Debunks 10 Misconceptions About Things Around The House

Around the house, there are a lot of things people believe because they heard them someone else. This video looks at some of the most popular old wives’ tales from around the castle and clarifies what’s really going on.


This Video Explains 10 Popular Misconceptions About Pregnancy

It’s hard to know what to expect when you’re expecting, but there’s no need to expect these well-known misconceptions. Here’s the truth behind some of the biggest myths out there that future mothers and their partners ought to know.


Five Fear-Mongering Stories That Are True (But Overblown)

The media loves blowing relatively minor issues up into huge stories. Whether it’s something in your refrigerator that’s out to kill you or a the filthiness of a jacuzzi, most of this stuff is meant to grab your attention long enough to scare you without actually explaining anything. But some of this stuff is worth paying attention to. Here are a few examples.


Five Science 'Facts' Taught At School That Are Just Plain Wrong

Let’s start with a quiz: How many senses do you have? Which of the following are magnetic: a tomato, you, paperclips? What are the primary colours of pigments and paints? What region of the tongue is responsible for sensing bitter tastes? What are the states of matter?